FineScale Modeler March 2019

FineScale Modeler teaches you to build models of aircraft, armor, ships and more. Clear articles show you how to assemble, paint, and finish the latest model kits. Every issue includes unbiased reviews of kits that were built and tested for accuracy, product announcements, tips from the experts, and a gallery of readers’ models.

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in this issue

2 min
gratitude in modeling goes both ways

As a modeler, I generally enjoy the journey more than the destination. Once a model is done, I’m ready to move on to the next one right away. Chances are, my mind was on that build before finishing the first. Recently, I completed a model that gave me a sense of accomplishment in its completion stronger than anything I’ve done recently. Oddly, it — Revell’s box-scale USS Randall At tack Transport — wasn’t a subject I knew about beforehand or would have sought out. In fact, until I was asked about it, I didn’t even know the kit existed. … … all of my struggles with PE, paint, and the base evaporated And, honestly, the finished thing isn’t my best work. It isn’t special because I replaced the solid-molded railings with 1/350 scale…

1 min
off the sprue: what do you like/dislike about winter?

Editor Mark Savage I like NOT having to cut the grass for five or six months, but I’m old and cold, so anything below 10 degrees seems extreme now. Personally I’d like winter to be 2 months shorter, too! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner After growing up in the subtropics, I still find the idea of four distinct seasons a novelty. So, I enjoy looking at snow, photographing snow, staring at snow while drinking hot buttered rum, and modeling while snow falls outside. On the other hand, shoveling snow got old after the third big storm. Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash I’m a weirdo who genuinely enjoys the colder months of the year. So my list of favorites include: richer recipes, comfier clothes, and fresher air. Least favorite part: cold fingers! Editorial Associate Monica Freitag Snow. It can be pretty when it’s fresh,…

5 min
scale talk

Hey, I flew that bird! In a previous life I was a student pilot in the Royal Air Force flying the Jet Provost Mk.3 and Mk.5 from the summer of 1970 to the summer of 1971. As soon as I saw the Airfix JPs in the January 2019 Workbench Reviews, I had to look up the serial numbers (aft fuselage) to see if I had flown them. As is usually the case in this scenario, I would miss by just one number. Sure enough, I had flown XM412, but not the shown XM413. Then I went looking for XM461 and discovered I had flown XN461. I had missed by an even 1,000 on the very first entry in my logbook. My eye didn’t have to go far though to find gold — I…

1 min
now at

Don’t make us call the wah-mbulance! Chris Cortez wasn’t crying after he finished this Roden M43 ambulance because it created a handsome build. See his review on p. 62, and download this desktop wallpaper for free. Old reviews are new again Well, sort of, in that you can go online now and see model kit reviews from a year ago and older, for free. That’s right, hundreds of online reviews are just a click away! New Product Rundown Want to know about a new kit on the market? Aaron Skinner and Elizabeth Nash host a twice-monthly video review of the newest models and show what’s inside the boxes.…

2 min
reader tips

Bronco yields a tips twofer While building the nice Kitty Hawk 1/32 scale OV-10A Bronco as a gift for my father, (he considers himself a very satisfied customer of the close air support provided by the Navy’s “Black Ponies” during the Vietnam War), I came up with a couple of ideas that may help other readers. First, the Bronco had five refueling ports atop the wing. The kit only has four, omitting the center port. Instead of scribing the panel lines, I made a decal. First, I finished the other four ports, and added a pinwash. Then, I measured the lines on the other fueling ports and made a “drawing” in PowerPoint on my computer. By playing around with the thickness, and color of the lines in my drawing I was able…

1 min

Scaling for display space Q I usually build airliners in 1/144 scale, but I’m running out of display room. How do I convert scales to inches to know how many more models I can fit in, if I switch to a smaller scale such as 1/200? – Dutch Lepska Melbourne, Fla. A The easy way to think about conversions is as a ratio so that 1 (the top number) inch on the model would be 144 inches on the real thing. Going smaller means that 1 inch equals 200 inches. So, a 1/144 scale 747-400 is 19.3 inches long. A 1/200 scale version would be 13.9 inches. That’ll take up less room!…